Academic Resources for Undergraduate Students

Academic Code of Honor

In 1989, Notre Dame undergraduates and faculty published an Academic Code of Honor Handbook to express their shared commitment to respect and honor the intellectual and creative contributions of each individual. Today, as a precondition for admission to the University, all undergraduates pledge: As a member of the Notre Dame community, I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to learn and abide by principles of intellectual honesty and academic integrity, and therefore I will not participate in or tolerate academic dishonesty. The complete honor code, as well as student responsibilities under the code may be found at

Undergraduate Academic Code

The Undergraduate Academic Code contains policies and regulations governing the student attainment of academic credit and degrees from the University of Notre Dame. The major topics addressed by the Academic Code include:
  • Degree Requirements
  • Class Attendance and Conduct
  • Final Examinations
  • Midsemester Deficiency and First-Year Student Grade Reporting
  • Semester Grade Reporting
  • Grading System
  • Transfers within the University
  • Academic Good Standing
  • Changes in Student Class Schedules
  • Class Loads
  • Honors at Graduation
  • Leave of Absence Policy for Students
  • Student Separation from the University
  • Student Withdrawal from the University

Notre Dame's Vision for Undergraduate Education

Notre Dame is a vibrant academic community dedicated to scholarship and the advancement of knowledge, where students find opportunities on campus and abroad to develop initiative and leadership, and to learn by being fully engaged in our classrooms, libraries, research laboratories, studios, and residence halls, among other venues. Notre Dame seeks to nurture in its students intellectual passion and a keenly developed moral sense, goals attainable only where freedom of thought and expression flourishes in a culture built on respect, responsibility and integrity.
Drawing on our Catholic intellectual tradition, which fosters the integration of faith and reason, Notre Dame offers an undergraduate education rooted in the fundamental belief that all truths participate in the Divine Truth, a belief that motivates the vigorous search for knowledge.
Notre Dame inspires students to pursue learning as a good in itself and to see that pursuit as involving the whole person. We cultivate each student’s capacity to think creatively and critically while valuing the rich inheritance that comes from our shared past. We expect our graduates to be conversant with and equipped to contribute to the best thinking across the disciplines. Notre Dame helps students acquire the virtues necessary for living a good human life and prepares them to become leaders in their professions, for their communities, the Church, and the world.
As a community committed to service, we challenge students to grow in their understanding of complex human realities, and we call them to respond to the needs of the world with compassion and committed action. By educating students to be engaged by both their intellectual labors and their faith, we aspire to offer an education that is Catholic in the broadest sense of the word, both in welcoming all persons of good will to our university community and turning outward to embrace the larger world.
Formed by a rich liberal education and possessed of mature faith in service to others, our graduates leave Notre Dame prepared to take their places at the forefront of discovery, innovation, and human achievement.

Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Students

In order to lay the foundations for life‐long learning, by the time they graduate, Notre Dame undergraduates will be able to:

  1. Acquire, synthesize, and communicate knowledge by incorporating relevant disciplinary approaches, cultural perspectives, and Catholic intellectual tradition
  2. Recognize moral and ethical questions in lived experiences, evaluate alternatives, and act with integrity.
  3. Contribute to the common good by displaying a disciplined sensibility and committed engagement in response to complex challenges facing local, national, or global communities.
  4. Demonstrate the vision and self‐direction necessary to articulate, set, and advance toward their goals.
  5. Think critically in formulating opinions or accepting conclusions.
  6. Exhibit creativity or innovation in the pursuit of their intellectual interests.
  7. Display a level of mastery in their major field(s) of study that enables them to successfully pursue professional careers or advanced study.